Com­fort Zone

A stylish sea­side week­ender in South Aus­tralia makes the per­fect re­treat for a busy fam­ily.

Australian House & Garden - - CONTENTS - STORY Laura Barry | STYLING Maz Mis | PHO­TOG­RA­PHY Jac­qui Way

Func­tion­al­ity, com­fort and con­tem­po­rary style were top of the wish list for the own­ers of this hol­i­day home, lo­cated in the scenic sea­side haven of Port Wil­lunga in South Aus­tralia. They were keen to build a re­laxed and un­der­stated yet unique beach house that could cater to their fam­ily of four young chil­dren and two beloved ca­nine com­pan­ions.

En­gag­ing ar­chi­tec­tural firm Out­set De­sign and mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary de­sign out­fit Enoki, the cou­ple set their plans in mo­tion. “Our clients wanted a re­treat from their hec­tic work lives, a hol­i­day home with every­thing they needed for out­door liv­ing in sum­mer and a warm re­treat in win­ter,” says Enoki di­rec­tor Su­sanna Bi­lardo. She and her col­league, se­nior de­signer Meaghan Wil­liams, worked on all the ma­te­rial se­lec­tions, as well as de­sign­ing the in­te­rior spa­ces and out­door en­ter­tain­ing area.

The four-bed­room prop­erty is built on a 1112m2 par­cel of land on the fringe of the Fleurieu Penin­sula wine re­gion. Tak­ing its cues from both clas­sic and cur­rent de­sign styles, the open-plan lay­out, flat roof and stone walling ref­er­ences are Mid-cen­tury, while the Corten-steel cladding, con­crete and­com­pos­ite­ston­ea­reen­tire­ly21stcen­tury.Rus­tic­nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als – tim­ber, rope, leather and sand­stone – are used through­out for tex­ture and co­he­sion.

“The nat­u­ral pal­ette and tra­di­tional el­e­ments such as the open fire­places achieve the coun­try feel the clients de­sired,” says Su­sanna. “The ma­te­ri­als we chose are also ro­bust enough for the young chil­dren.”

At 311m2, the sin­gle-storey week­ender is rel­a­tively mod­est in size, but Su­sanna in­sists the home de­liv­ers way be­yond its phys­i­cal pa­ram­e­ters.

The front door opens to a mud room/hall­way, with the laun­dry im­me­di­ately to the right of the en­trance for easy dis­posal of wet post-swim tow­els. “Lo­cat­ing the laun­dry near the front door con­tains sand and mess to the perime­ter of the house,” says Meaghan. An out­door shower just out­side the en­trance helps on this front, too. Turn­ing right at the end of the hall leads to three bed­rooms and the fam­ily room; turn­ing left takes you to the light-filled open-plan kitchen/din­ing/liv­ing area, con­nected to an al­fresco en­ter­tain­ing zone.

The open-plan area is a tex­tu­ral tri­umph. Amer­i­can-oak join­ery is teamed with sage-green splash­back tiles, waxedter­ra­cotta pen­dant lights, a black Cae­sar­stone bench­top and a Corten-steel range­hood. Lengths of rope adorn the ceil­ing and walls – a dra­matic fi­nal flour­ish. “The clients trusted us to ex­per­i­ment with unique de­sign el­e­ments and tex­tu­ral fin­ishes,” says Su­sanna.

The own­ers love the laid­back vibe and easy live­abil­ity Enoki has brought to the home. Su­sanna sums it up per­fectly. “There are areas ev­ery fam­ily mem­ber can re­treat to, each one as invit­ing as the next.” >

Enoki, Ade­laide, SA; (08) 8271 5500 or Out­set De­sign, Step­ney, SA; out­

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